Check Your Balls Feedback
Some of our regular readers will be aware of our campaign in Australia Check Your Balls to raise awareness for Klinefelter’s Syndrome. We recently received the following feedback;
“MY 25year old nephew was at a urinal at BNE (Brisbane airport) just over a week ago and saw a sign saying, “Have you checked your balls lately?” He did, he had a lump, he had surgery and now he is seeing an oncologist. All within 10 days of seeing your sign. Please thank the owner of the sign for us, and tell them the message is getting out there.” – name and contact details supplied.
We wish this young man all the best for a speedy recovery.
Whilst the Check Your Balls campaign primarily aims to raise awareness of Klinefelter Syndrome, the message to ‘check your balls’ is equally important for testicular cancer screening. According to Andrology Australia testicular cancer has a very good cure rate. Any lumps, swelling or other changes should be reported to the doctor as soon as possible.
Here is a quick guide to testicular self examination.
- A testicular self-examination (TSE) is a quick and simple process which may be easier after a warm bath or shower when the skin of the scrotum is relaxed.
- A testicular self-examination involves feeling the testes, one at a time, using the fingers and thumb, and should only take a few minutes.
- Using the palm of your hand, support your scrotum. Gently roll one testis between the thumb and fingers to feel for any lumps or swellings in or on the surface of the testis. Repeat with the other testis. The testes should feel firm and the surface should feel smooth.
- Using the thumb and fingers, feel along the epididymis at the back of the testis. The epididymis is a soft, highly coiled tube that carries sperm from the testis to the vas deferens. Check for any swelling in this area. If there is any change to how the testes feel normally, see your local doctor (GP) straight away.
- Even if you have had testicular cancer, or are being treated, it is important to still perform a testicular self-examination. About one in 25 men who have had testicular cancer may develop cancer in the other testis.
- It is normal for one testis to be slightly bigger than the other and the left testis often hangs lower than the right.
If you would like to find out more information about Klinefelter Syndrome please visit www.checkyourballs.com.au